The directors of Abbeyfield House’s society in Vernon recognize the important role that volunteers play in the lives of their residents. Volunteers help with social programs, special events, and daily operational tasks and provide assistance to staff. They also comprise the volunteer management board.
The Abbeyfield board wants to highlight four of their long-term volunteers who have generously donated their time and energy for a combined total of forty-seven years. Virginia Dansereau has volunteered for fifteen years reading weekly to residents, playing cribbage and cards in the early years, and running a brain gym class more recently. Norman Slingsby initiated movie night ten years ago and still manages that social gathering. This year is Will McAllister‘s tenth year as volunteer gardener looking after the vegetable patch growing fresh produce which contributes to the healthy home style meals the residents love. Margaret Naylor has been a director on the volunteer board of Abbeyfield for thirteen years and for most of those years has held the position of Secretary. She also volunteers her time to play cribbage with residents regularly and assists with special events. There are at least six other long-term volunteers who have contributed over five years each to Abbeyfield House, and many more who have given us occasional help for several years and whom we rely on for entertainment, social connections with residents, and for our annual special events and fundraisers.
“Without the help of Virginia, Will, Norman and Margaret, and all of our volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to offer our residents the social programs that we do, or the opportunity to enjoy our lovely garden area, or to hold our special events. These volunteers become a part of our Abbeyfield family, a close and familiar friend, and make such a difference to the daily lives of our residents. We can’t thank them enough”, says Board President Judy Maile, “We will be holding a volunteer appreciation tea at the house for all of our volunteers in the afternoon of Tuesday, April 16th.”